EA Stocks Nosedive Due to Battlefield 4 Sales Decrease



Posted on Nov 21 2013 - 12:15pm by Nikolas Nikolaou
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Battlefield 4, released for multiple platforms was one of the most anticipated games for 2013. People were dying to get their hands on it and when DICE showed the 64 Man multiplayer demonstration at E3 this year, many people had a jaw dropping experience.

 

EA Stock Nosedive due to BF4 EA Stocks Nosedive Due to Battlefield 4 Sales Decrease

 

From the release of the Open Beta , Battlefield 4 faced many problems due to constant crashes and bugs . EA/Dice had mentioned that all of the issues had been resolved , but we are afraid that the Official launch was and still is worse than the Beta.

The sales were affected by the launch , the first week was a nice start for the game but wasn’t much of an expected milestone. The franchise managed to sell 622k copies of the game, but the worst started in the second week where it’s sales were almost cut in half Globally (-47.6%).

 

Battlefield 4 Sales Low for Week 2 EA Stocks Nosedive Due to Battlefield 4 Sales Decrease

 

 

The third week looks like it may further take a nosedive in sales. But one positive factor is tomorrows Xbox One release where Battlefield 4 is one of the  launch titles, aswell as the Second Assault DLC that will be available to play first on the Xbox One.

The key factor that will affect the sales of Battlefield is the patch which will be coming out next week, which promises to remove alot of technical bugs and crashing issues on the Playstation 4, Xbox 360 and PC . Along with the Second Assault DLC which is to add an extra 4 maps and various game modes that might attract attention.

Even though EA is marketing their new DLC , fans seem to be hijacking their efforts by shouting to “FIX THE GAME FIRST” as they are not happy with the BF4 gameplay or more like “no gameplay at all” and this has seemed to have dropped their NASDAQ stock value aswell.

 

EA Stocks Down Because of Battlefield 4 Problems EA Stocks Nosedive Due to Battlefield 4 Sales Decrease

 

 

EA is on lose with stocks consistently dropping down with a 3 month low today, which may further decrease if the problems on Battlefield 4 are not ironed out. This will stop us from recommending a game with so much potential.



28 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Jeremiah November 21, 2013 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    This is awesome news. It just goes to show that the consumer can hurt game publishers.

    I hope EA’s stock continues to drop. Maybe it will be a lesson to EA to quit screwing over the fan base.

    • dave November 21, 2013 at 10:56 pm - Reply

      A hell of a lot current gen PS3/XB1 console gamers were holding off buying Battlefield 4 until the next gen PS4/XB1 versions release. I expect EA to at least make back a lot of their sales with next gen.

      And vgchartz does not count digital sales where most of PC games are sold, but the problem all PC games is that so much revenue is lost to piracy, that is why publishers rely on console sales.

      • Cyberninja November 22, 2013 at 3:54 am - Reply

        You’re kidding right? Single player games… maybe… But pirating BF4? You can’t play online with a pirated copy, so what sales are they going to lose?

        • cyberninjaISANIDIOT November 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm - Reply

          You’re kidding right? Multiplayer games can also be pirated and players can enjoy free online gameplay in customer servers. Tell me are you stupid or were you born that way?

          • R0K3R74 November 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm -

            Hmmm Customer servers a guy and 63 of his mates can play a copied version. Why didn’t I think of that, oh wait I did and it doesn’t work, away ye go ya banger, an you have the cheek to say the other guy is stupid, did you know that as far as that goes they are still on BF2 Vietnam an that’s it, aye they are losing money to pirates you don’t have the brains you were born with.

          • Battlefield 4/Gaming November 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm -

            @dave and “SandIDIOT” … you’re both insanely wrong. You should both be ashamed that you literally speak in complete ignorance of the gaming industry.

            1st off, Dave, it’s not going to help EA much at all selling a couple console versions and this is why if you are aware of whats going on: “FIX the game support” is coming from a huge base of Console players, if not more/equal to the PC players in all of the forums. On consoles currently, the game is in a WORSE state than PC, my friends are sending recordings on BF4 doing things that are unheard of on PC to the point of being unplayable, literally-unplayable. Why is this going to help EA with sales? It won’t, they lost trust in the game on all Platforms. EA failed, and will continue to fail thanks to people standing up and saying NO to the bully publisher. Who are you to defend such an immoral 2x’s worst company in the world award winner?? Literally.. you guys are Sociopaths at best spreading false information AND support to something that doesn’t deserve and inkling of.

            Secondly, “sandIDIOT” and Dave.. Piracy is on all platforms, what you are referencing is one of the biggest LIES that terrible developers/publishers (very few) USE as an excuse as to why their game failed (you are basically resitting FOX NEWS information in the gaming world). Only people like Cliff Bleszinski who completely stab PC gaming in the back then act like their games like GOW fail because of “Piracy” which is entirely untrue, Example: He made the PC version a MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION for Multiplayer, then changed it 3 months later acting like Piracy ruined the game when every forum had PC users insanely mad about having to pay for MP, people said, “they will not pay 60$ for a game where half of it is Subscription”. They were making us pay for XBOX LIVE on a single GAME for MP only 15$ a month, so Cliff went crazy mode in a rage video and blamed PC Piracy for his loss and not blaming himself for what he did. Cause and Effect. This caused A LOT of the rumors today about PC and pirating, it’s all bull, literally it’s derived from lies so leave it alone. PC has never truly had issues with piracy as the statistics show that more people buy the games/software when they get to fully try it for free, I’m one of those statistics as well, but lets also not forget how much piracy is happening with consoles in the mix. Multiplayer games pirated? Do you have any idea how few of the people actually do that, or even can? Every single update ruins any MP crack.. it’s literally 100x’s harder than pirating a SP game. You get to keep the MP for MAYBE a couple days if you’re lucky and a new crack has to be made consistently which does not happen at all, period. I promise you, unless you’re an expert coder doing it yourself, you will not be getting on Battlefield without buying the game, so that’s totally false. If you disable Punkbuster and play by (yourself) in a private server then wow.. okay sure “maybe” have fun.

            Companies don’t like letting people try their games for free because they lose their Pre-Order “UPFRONT” money if people don’t like it. They want your money upfront and to trust them fully because they know you are 10x’s more likely to NOT attempt a refund, or return the game when you’ve already purchased it out of 2 mill people. On PC almost every horrible company like EA has a NO DIGITAL RETURN POLICY when the game is released (95% of all PC is Digital so they cover their asses). The idea is to take your money ahead of time and when the game releases they’ll get to keep it even if the game is completely broken. It’s a “They’ll get over it strategy” and the game will be fixed later mentality. This WILL stop starting now with EA, thanks to intelligent people saying “No more”.

            Lastly:

            To people saying “They have to make their money, it’s a company”. This isn’t the issue here. The issue is lying and deceiving your customers in order to make sales. They started working on BF4 during BF3 BETA as stated in DICE/EA’s media posting “In order to make the game we truly wanted which is BF4″. NO, this was not the purpose and people MUST remember this. Instead of implementing the needed changes we all wanted/spammed in the forums for a game we already bought BF3 @ 120$ with premium like: “fixed” Netcode, weapon balancing, destruction that’s on par with their previous games like BC2 etc.etc. they took everything we wanted “changed” and put the changes into a new game (BF4) we would end up buying barely 2 years later even though they said BF3 would be their 5 year game for us. This was in order to make more money obviously when we should of gotten these changes for free after their BF3 launch Travesty/Lies just like BF4 (it was just as bad on launch). They just stated they are doing the same thing with BF5 and BF4 (starting development during BF4 BETA) so when does it stop is my question? 120$ for their full game now with “Premium” (which is scam as well) offering certain things that should already be your right to have as a BF4 buyer. My friend won’t buy the game because it’s insane to him that premium players get priority “ques” over normal players.. when we ALL bought the full-game BF4 equally. As it may not effect him going to another server, it’s wrong in his eyes to support something that’s immorally and shamelessly implementing entitlement based on how much you pay. These are only a few tiny examples I will mention, food for thought. Thanks

          • Nikolas Nikolaou November 22, 2013 at 7:57 pm -

            Thumbs up from the HardwarePal team!

          • Dakan45 December 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm -

            Is this a greek site btw?

          • Nikolas Nikolaou December 11, 2013 at 9:22 pm -

            Well it’s in English :) but It is based in Cyprus a Greek Island yes

          • Dakan45 December 12, 2013 at 3:53 am -

            Greek here too

          • Dakan45 December 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm -

            i aplaud you, also dave/dan is a wel known sony fanboy and pc hating troll that thinks every pc gamer is a pirate dwelling troll.

            Ea is constantly lossing money through bad releases and horrible customer service, they didnt get voted worst company twice in a row and their ceo stepped down for a few screwups.

          • Dakan45 December 10, 2013 at 1:32 pm -

            They cannot, only very few instances of experimental barelly working servers, thats it.

  2. Justin Klohn November 21, 2013 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Yeah it does show that we can make a small dent if gamers aren’t happy or whatever….
    I think new released games need to be cleaned up some…..yes I know the new consoles are coming but they suck lets be hoinest….they are weak and a total waste of money….
    But the fact is everyone is getting tired of broken bugged out games…
    I promise you will have such a better following and overall fan base if you just set aside corporate greed for 2 seconds……

    And spend a little extra on polishing games before release everyone will be so much happer well not everyone but you get it ;]

  3. Chris Miller November 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Once the bugs are fixed, the easiest way for EA to turn around this debacle would be to take the hit on Battlefield Premium and give it to everyone for free. As long as the game is fixed, sales would most likely skyrocket. But I don’t think EA will do that, because whoever is running the show over there hasn’t made the best decisions regarding this franchise in the past. The Battlefield franchise has until now been increasing revenue for EA and steadily building on an already solid fan base. But making unpopular changes to the game to attract COD players as well as releasing the game with so many bugs is simply inexcusable. EA doesn’t understand that many COD players, as a course of human nature, will likely move on to Battlefield as they mature and begin looking for a more rewarding and visually appealing multiplayer experience. I like the twitch gameplay of COD, but I don’t play it very often, because it’s too repetitive, there is no strategy, and in almost every game there’s at least one player who reminds me of something that’s wrong with our world (i.e. racism, poor parenting, etc.). While I haven’t had to deal with the latter playing Battlefield 4, the former two, repetitive gameplay and a lack of strategy, are more common in Battlefield 4 than in previous Battlefield titles.

    • Master Troll November 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      They had dlc on day one but couldn’t even get the game to work

  4. RandomUser2yr29387 November 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    BF3 was a mess at launch too.

    This is why Call of Duty is still relevant. The games work as intended.

    • Airbender November 24, 2013 at 10:20 pm - Reply

      Have you played Call of Duty on PC? If that is how it was intended then we have some monkeys working at IW.

    • Dakan45 December 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm - Reply

      Major cod fan and bf hater here but no, cod ghosts was a mess on both pc and consoles.

  5. London1071 November 21, 2013 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Amazon have a history of blocking the sale of products that are broken, if enough people email Amazon and let them know the game they payed for is unplayable, maybe they will block sales of the game, this is the kind of pressure needed to get these bast**** at EA/Dice to pull their fingers out and fix this ****. It’s disgusting that they would sell a broken product to people who bought a next gen console for this, or built a new PC, knowing that they will have nothing but pain trying to get it to work. I have no sympathy for Dice/EA. They deserve to go bankrupt over this ****

    • grosumnads November 22, 2013 at 8:54 am - Reply

      the game is not fit for sale ! it is badly coded, overstuffed with nonsense that most bf players dont give a hoot about. now all this fuss about dlc, fix the basic game first.
      breakdown of bf 4 faults, server crashes constantly, hit reg all over the place. laggy, buggy.
      spawning with no weapons, no spawn immunity, if this is no better by the first dlc i WILL be seeking a refund. i will not be buying another ea title to be used as unpaid guinnee pigs for ea to develop their titles.
      and as for all this console shite ! battlefield is/was a pc based game, so why are xbox and ps getting preferential treatment ?
      we pc gamers have put up with enough of your shite ea. SORT YOURSELVES OUT OR GO BUST YOU MUGGS !!!!!

      • Chris Miller November 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm - Reply

        I agree with most of your post, but Battlefield is/was whatever EA/DICE want it to be. The reason we even have a BF4 is because the console sales of BF3 and BC2 to a lesser extent were insane. PC sales of the game were a small fraction of the overall sales, so it makes business sense for EA/Dice to favor their best (highest revenue generating) customers. That being said, with the amount of money that BF3 made on all platforms, EA/DICE certainly had the money and the time to produce an amazing and reasonably bug-free game which they didn’t do. Because of this EA/DICE is at risk of losing the Battlefield fan base never mind not attracting new players to the franchise.

  6. London1071 November 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    And **** you Peter Moore for lying, telling people on twitter there is no problem with the game. You bastard would lie to your own mother for a few dollars.

  7. Clayton Brevilieri November 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Maybe next time they’ll realease a finished product.

  8. Master Troll November 22, 2013 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Not surprised they sold a broken buggy game on day one and had the nerve to have day one dlc just shows that this game is garbage and the people behind it are greedy scumbags I’ll never fall for another EA scam again I’m not even looking forward to battlefront 3 anymore

  9. Master Troll November 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    All we have to do is go to the BBB better business bureau or FTC federal trade commission website and file complaints if enough people did this they would have to refund us our money back

    • Chris Miller November 22, 2013 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      The more people that complain, the more pressure is brought to bear on EA/DICE. Hopefully the bad publicity would encourage EA to make the problem go away by fixing the game and doing something extraordinary (like offering Premium at no charge) for owners of the game. Unfortunately, there is no legal remedy to our situation since it would be nearly impossible to prove that EA/DICE committed fraud by intentionally releasing a broken game (e.g. I’ve played over 100 hours of the game successfully on PC, (with lots of crashes)). In fact, the EA EULA for BF3 states that the software is not guaranteed to work (I’m sure the BF4 EULA is similar):

      6. Disclaimer of Warranties. EXCEPT FOR THE LIMITED WARRANTY ON RECORDING MEDIA, AND TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED TO YOU “AS IS,” WITH ALL FAULTS, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, WITHOUT PERFORMANCE ASSURANCES OR GUARANTEES OF ANY KIND, AND YOUR USE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE ENTIRE RISK OF SATISFACTORY
      QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE RESIDES WITH YOU. EA AND EA’S LICENSORS (COLLECTIVELY “EA” FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION AND SECTION 6) DO NOT MAKE, AND HEREBY DISCLAIM, ANY AND ALL EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY WARRANTIES, INCLUDING IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF CONDITION, UNINTERRUPTED USE, MERCHANTABILITY, SATISFACTORY QUALITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NONINFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS, AND WARRANTIES (IF ANY) ARISING FROM A COURSE OF DEALING, USAGE, OR TRADE PRACTICE. EA DOES NOT WARRANT AGAINST INTERFERENCE WITH YOUR ENJOYMENT OF THE SOFTWARE; THAT THE SOFTWARE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS; THAT OPERATION OF THE SOFTWARE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, OR THAT THE SOFTWARE WILL INTEROPERATE OR BE COMPATIBLE WITH ANY OTHER SOFTWARE OR THAT ANY ERRORS IN THE SOFTWARE WILL BE CORRECTED. NO ORAL OR WRITTEN ADVICE PROVIDED BY EA OR ANY AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE SHALL CREATE A WARRANTY. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF OR LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATIONS ON THE APPLICABLE STATUTORY RIGHTS OF A CONSUMER, SO SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

  10. R0K3R74 November 22, 2013 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Wont be pre ordering any EA title again especially Bf titles which always seem to be massively Bugged at release, An to think I Done a Major overhaul of my pc for that game, They will give the people who have bought the game nothing we wont even get an apology, it EA we are talking about they care not a jot about the customer they have our money now.

  11. Fedup December 6, 2013 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Awesome news. Serves them right. I hope their stocks continue to bleed.

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